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Israeli Spike Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) anti-tank guided missiles

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Source: ANI

 Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has acquired Israeli Spike Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) anti-tank guided missiles, capable of hitting targets up to 30 km away.

  • It is developed and designed by Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems



  • Lightweight, fire-and-forget tactical precision-guided missiles using electro-optical and fibre-optic technologies.
  • The missiles will be integrated with Russian-origin Mi-17V5 helicopters, enhancing the IAF’s ability to engage hidden targets behind mountains or hills.



  • The delivery of these missiles follows the IAF’s interest in them due to concerns over border tensions, particularly near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
  • The IAF aims to bolster its arsenal through indigenous production and foreign acquisitions to address security threats, as demonstrated by this acquisition of long-range anti-tank missiles.